Friday, August 19, 2016

Mt Clemens Public Library's Elevator Fund Drive Successfully Raises to Top(End)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank You!

We just got word late this morning from the Mount Clemens Public Library that the Elevator Donation Matching Event was a success. Not only were enough donations brought in to meet the $10,000 match challenge, enough money was raised to meet the library's overall goal!

You can see the library's announcement on the library's website and Face Book page.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Elevator Donation Matching Event has Just Two Days Left ... Today & Tomorrow

Ladies and Gentleman -- Anyone who is reading this blog,

Have you been thinking about it?
How about just do it?
And do it now!

There are just two days left to have whatever amount you are able to donate matched aka doubled for the Mount Clemens Public Library's Elevator Fundraising campaign.

For this week only, an area businessman will match donations raised dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. So if everyone pitches in and raises $10,000 in the allotted time frame the library will end up with $20,000. As of Wednesday morning, just under $3,000 had been raised. THAT MEANS there is still $7,000 to raise that could still be doubled this week.

See Monday's Macomb Daily newspaper article on page 2. The Matching Donation clock started Monday morning, August 15, at 9 a.m., and stops at 5 p.m., Friday, August 19.

Donations can be dropped off at the library, 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens, this week between Monday and Friday. Make checks payable to the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Whatever you (as a person or as a business) can donate ... $1, $5, $20, $50, or more ... gets added with the donations of others and then matched by the anonymous businessman. That's a community working together to solve a problem.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Elevator Donation Challenge This Week: Secret Donor to Match Donations

Ladies and Gentleman -- Anyone who is reading this blog,

As you know our favorite library, the Mount Clemens Public Library, has just one elevator which died in March necessitating its repair which is costly. Rather than ask for a tax millage increase, the library has been asking for donations to help raise its 48-year-old elevator.

In case you did not see today's Macomb Daily newspaper article on page 2, an area businessman (who wishes to remain anonymous) will match donations raised this week only dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. The Matching Donation clock started this morning Monday, August 15, at 9 a.m., and stops at 5 p.m., Friday, August 19.

Donations can be dropped off at the library, 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens, this week between Monday and Friday. Make checks payable to the Mount Clemens Public Library.

With this type of support even lots of little amounts donated become greater together helping the library reach its goal -- an elevator that works.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Macomb County Genealogy Group Reveals Its Meeting Topics for Fall 2016

Hi Everyone! 

We have released MCGG's 2016 Fall meeting schedules for our MCGG Friday Group and our Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group on Wednesday.

The meeting dates and topics can be found on the respective pages of this blog site or in our Southeast Michigan Genealogy Events calendar on the Calendar page.

On both the MCGG Friday Meetings and Let's Talk Meetings pages, you will now find the PDF file link of our current meetings flyer which can be viewed and downloaded. (Please note the image of the flyer in this post is just a low-res image. To see/download the flyer PDF you need to go to either of the meeting pages.)

We hope you enjoy the coming genealogy season.

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

RED ALERT, RED ALERT!! Family Tree DNA Sizzling Summer Sale Starts Today ... Family Finder Test at Lowest Price Ever!

originally posted at 12:18 p.m. ET

I just told a library patron while volunteering last night that usually there is an DNA sale in August. I opened this morning's email and there was an announcement for one.

Family Tree DNA has announced its Sizzling Summer Sale.

FTDNA has put its FamilyFinder (autosomal DNA) test at its lowest price ever ... just $69. Regularly the test costs $99 so you are saving thirty dollars.

The sale runs from August 3rd until .... we don't know. The end date of the sale has not been announced so you might want to act fast. Generally FTDNA sales end at 11:59 p.m Central Time. But this time we don't know on which day that will be -- it could be today or later this week or another day.

Pricing does not include taxes and shipping which may vary by shipping distance. Shipping prices to Michigan were less than $10 in prior years. Shipping prices to Michigan are now $12.95 which covers receiving and sending the test.

Also, on sale are several bundled tests which are two or more types of tests (to be used on one person) for one reduced price. However, the savings is still just the same thirty dollars you would save on just the FamilyFinder test. (Those belonging to a DNA study group would save an additional $10 off just the bundled prices.)

Remember, Family Tree DNA is the only testing company that tests all three types of DNA: autosomal (male and female); Y-DNA (direct male); and mtDNA (direct maternal).

So our advice is if you have been wanting to do a DNA test this is a fantastic price for just the FamilyFinder test to get in on and get your DNA (or a relative's) stored. But if you have been thinking about doing a Y-DNA or mtDNA test also, hold off on those until they really go on sale. (You can upgrade a FamilyFinder test to include a Y-DNA and/or mtDNA for that tested person at a real sale price later. No additional swabs will be needed because FTDNA will use the stored DNA from the original test.)

Here is some additional information for you.
  • Family Tree DNA tests are done with spit swabs not a spit tube. These are generally easier for older persons who may have trouble producing spit.
  • Autosomal DNA tests can be taken by males and females.
  • Autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents about equally but randomly. Due to the random nature, siblings my inherit different "pieces." That randomness means you may not get a "piece" of some ancestors. And because of that randomness, it means it is best to test as many family members as possible because you all inherited a different "mix" of autosomal DNA from your ancestors.
  • An autosomal DNA test will also show you the ethnic mixture of what you inherited.
  • Your autosomal test matches may match you because you share a common ancestor (Identical By Descent or IBD) or because of coincidence (Identical By State or IBS.)
  • At Family Tree DNA an autosomal test is called FamilyFinder. (At an autosomal test is called AncestryDNA.)
  • Family Tree DNA has tools, like a chromosome browser, to help analyze your matches.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Free Access Aug. 2-9 to All Irish Databases at website has announced free access to all Irish databases from August 2 to August 9.

To access the free databases simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an NEGHS member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEGHS society.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's that Time Again! Back-to-School Sales aka Restock Your Genealogy Supply Sales

Just a few of the many office supplies
usually on sale this time of year.
Tuesday's Tip
Back-to-School Sales on school supplies are not just for kids! These sales are for genealogists too! 

Anyone who uses a lot of common office supplies should keep their eyes and ears open for some extreme savings that are only around this time year for certain supplies. So be smart and pay attention to those Back-to-School Sales going on for the next month or two so you can partake of the savings too. 

What would interest a genealogist? The first things that come to mind are USB drives (large sizes at great prices and small sizes at even better prices); printer/copier paper; pens and pencils; pencil lead (for those mechanical pencils); highlighters; file folders or pocket folders; paper and binder clips; index cards for those that like old school ways; plastic file boxes (keep that water damage away); sticky notes; binders; paper; computer accessories (like mice, computer bags, external hard drives, printers, software, and more); etc. Even office desks and chairs can be found on sale. 

Yes, for some things it is best to make sure you get acid-free versions, but that can get expensive and sometimes compromises must be made. Note acid-free copier/printer paper is easier to find nowadays. 

Also, at about this time of year (July/August/September) computer manufacturers are about to release their new models so good to great prices can often be found on this past year's models. (If you computer is really old and can not upgrade to Windows 10 because of old hardware or low-memory issues consider these sales.) Just remember to get as large of hard drive, as much memory as you are able to afford, and keep an eye on processor speed/power. There are other factors to consider when buying a computer -- these are three key ones. 

May you find the deals on what you need, not on what you don't need. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!